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Victorian Coletta leads US Amateur

Victorian golfer Brett Coletta leads in the race for medallist honours at the US Amateur at Olympia Fields in Illinois after a second round of 66 left him one shot ahead of Colorado golfer David Oaree as play was suspended for darkness.

Two or three players who could impact on his lead are still to complete round two but Coletta has at least a three shot lead over them at this stage.

Overnight rain meant a delay to the starting times on day two and subsequently the large field ran out of time to complete round two.

The 19 year old Coletta, from the Sandhurst Golf Club, played the North Course today and added to his opening round of 67 by adding five birdies and a bogey.

“At home, everyone says this is the tournament to get into,” he said. “This is the tournament to win. This is the biggest experience you're going to get, and it's hyped up to be what it is. So I've come here, and all the stands are up, all you guys out here, the TV cameras will be out tomorrow. This is a great experience for me, coming to play this event, and to play well is even better."

“I'm hitting my driver unbelievable,” added Coletta, who won the 2014 Victorian Junior Masters. “So having that extra distance and hitting it straight, having those short irons in really helps. I thought I played really well and really solid.”

Queensland's Maverick Antcliff, who is on the golf team at Georgia Regents University, produced the best round of the day (a 65) to advance his cause for tomorrow’s match play stage and at this stage is in 6th position. Antcliffe has given the small town of Beaudesert south of Brisbane further reason to celebrate this week after Jason Day, who was born in the town, won the PGA Championship.

Coletta’s fellow Victorian Ryan Ruffels could only muster a round of 72 after his impressive 66 yesterday and finds himself in a share of 9th position with New Zealander and former Lake Macquarie Amateur Champion Josh Munn amongst others

The leading 64 players from the 312 who competed in the qualifying rounds have made it to the match play phase.

Lucas Herbert staged a late comeback in his round but looks as if he will fall one short of making it to the match play.

Austin Batista, Curtis Luck, Troy Moses, Cameron Davis and Antonio Murdaca have also missed out.

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